With the announcement by the USGA that it intends to take a more serious look at the issue of slow play – what took so long? – it brings to mind Robert Garrigus’ tale of how long to took to finish the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open last Monday at Torrey Pines.
Tiger Woods had 11 holes to play in his delayed final round. Garrigus had two holes to play.
It took Woods three hours, 50 minutes to complete those 11 holes.
In the same amount of time, here’s what Garrigus did:
He birdied his last two holes then he had lunch with his wife and son in the Torrey Pines clubhouse. From there, he went to a private airport and hopped a jet to Phoenix, where he lives. He loaded his car at the airport and drove home, unpacked and sat down.
When he flipped on the television in his house, Woods was on the 17th hole. Garrigus said he could tell by the look on Woods’ face that he wasn’t happy with the long slog home.
“Slow play is beyond me,” Garrigus said. “I cannot stand it. I get up and hit it … I just don’t understand how people cannot be ready … You just get up and hit the dang thing.”